Forest Preservation. Legal news and articles for March 30 - 31, 2015

Webber building to be demolishedGroups studying Louisiana's religious freedom act want to match Indiana ...Solberg Airport land preservation on Readington radar screen since 1979, trial ...Arkansas Passes Its Own Religious Freedom BillAgricultural Advisory Committee Wants East Hampton Town to Change Its ...The facts about revived N.C. historic tax credit bill awaiting Senate debateThe facts about revived N.C. historic tax credit bill awaiting Senate debateTour Guide: 'Free speech' lawsuit could threaten preservation fundingMeatpacking District's Next Act Includes an Influx of Office Space and MoreElection: Several seeking at-large, District 1 seats on 911 boardPennsylvania's religious freedom act, unlike Indiana law, doesn't protect for ...Orangetown residents rally to save 263-year-old houseProfessor gets hate mail over 'Problem of Whiteness'Ala. religious freedom law narrower than Indiana statuteAre culture war 'victories' worth the casualties?

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Sandbox Entertainment leaves Music Row for Green Hills
The TennesseanMarch 1, 2015

The company's exit comes amid debates over preservation vs. growth as developers pursue apartments and other projects in the area considered a key part of Nashville's music heritage. It joins record labels and recording studios among music-related ...more »

Iowa Poll: Iowans back energy projects, but oppose eminent domain
DesMoinesRegister.comMarch 2, 2015

"I just don't think it's right," said Mike Kline, 50, of Cedar Rapids, a controller for a family-held telecommunications distribution firm. He believes it's a great idea to transport wind energy from Iowa to another ... Terry Branstad told The Des ...more »

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Webber building to be demolished
Montgomery AdvertiserMarch 31, 2015

... and designed by his architect/engineer son-in-law, Daniel Cram, said Mary Ann Neeley, a Montgomery historian who also is on the executive board of the Landmarks Foundation, a nonprofit established to promote the preservation of Montgomery's history.more »

Groups studying Louisiana's religious freedom act want to match Indiana ...
The AdvocateMarch 31, 2015

Religious organizations are studying Louisiana's Preservation of Religious Freedom Act to see how it can be updated to match the Indiana and Arkansas versions that have provoked intense gay rights protests in those two states. But election year ...more »

Solberg Airport land preservation on Readington radar screen since 1979, trial ...
NJ.comMarch 31, 2015

READINGTON TWP. -- The township "identified reasons" to preserve the 726 acres of Solberg Airport and family lands "as far back as 1979" in its "first open space planning document," according to a post-trial reply brief filed by the township. Law firm ...more »

Arkansas Passes Its Own Religious Freedom Bill
NewsweekMarch 31, 2015

The Arkansas Legislature on Tuesday passed its own Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which proponents say will better protect Arkansans' rights to free exercise of religion while critics say it may be used to provide legal cover for discrimination.more »

Agricultural Advisory Committee Wants East Hampton Town to Change Its ...
27east.comMarch 31, 2015

As the law stands, there is no way to ensure that land preserved for its agricultural history and value is actually farmed. There have been many instances where, after a subdivision of land, agricultural land is preserved but left to lay fallow—and in ...more »

The facts about revived N.C. historic tax credit bill awaiting Senate debate
Triangle Business Journal (blog)March 31, 2015

Any state tax credits claimed would be in addition to the standard 20 percent federal historic preservation tax credits allowed for income-producing properties. The House passed the bill March 26 with a 98-15 vote. It has been sent to the Senate and ...more »

The facts about revived N.C. historic tax credit bill awaiting Senate debate
Triangle Business Journal (blog)March 31, 2015

Stephen Ross, R-Burlington, in a press conference Tuesday morning argued, however, that the historic preservation program more than pays for itself. “This is not a cost to the state. It is a net contributor to the state,” Ross said, noting that ...more »

Tour Guide: 'Free speech' lawsuit could threaten preservation funding
Connect Savannah.comMarch 31, 2015

One shudders to think at what our sidewalks and historic memorials would look like if that valve of necessary funds was twisted to the “off” position. The lawsuit seeks to do exactly that, unfortunately. By challenging the Preservation Fee in a court ...more »

Meatpacking District's Next Act Includes an Influx of Office Space and More
New York TimesMarch 31, 2015

The developers of 860 Washington hope to draw companies more typically associated with Midtown, including finance and law firms. “The neighborhood has become a magnet for the financial tenants,” said Stuart Romanoff, a vice chairman at Cushman ...more »

Election: Several seeking at-large, District 1 seats on 911 board
Daily Journal OnlineMarch 31, 2015

Ron Bockenkamp, 74, is single and was a U.S. Air Force criminal investigator from 1959 to 1964, a St. Louis Police Dept. detective in the Intelligence Unit from 1964 to 1970, and in 1974 he was director of Missouri Law Enforcement Council Region 8. He ...more »

Pennsylvania's religious freedom act, unlike Indiana law, doesn't protect for ...
LancasterOnlineMarch 31, 2015

... federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 did not apply to state laws. The 1997 ruling involved a historic church in Boerne, Texas, that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio wanted to expand, contrary to a historic preservation...more »

Orangetown residents rally to save 263-year-old house
The Journal News | LoHud.comMarch 31, 2015

ORANGEBURG – Local civic and preservation groups are rallying to save a 263-year-old Dutch Colonial from the wrecking ball, even as a developer moves to tear it down. The historic Abram Lent house, built in 1752, sits at the end of Greenbush Road next ...more »

Professor gets hate mail over 'Problem of Whiteness'
USA TODAYMarch 31, 2015

The act of putting the flier on Bebout's driveway constituted misdemeanor harassment, the report said. The fliers were labeled "National Youth Front." NYF is a "youth organization dedicated to the preservation of all White people," according to the ...more »

Ala. religious freedom law narrower than Indiana statute
Montgomery AdvertiserMarch 30, 2015

But where the Indiana law has raised issues about discrimination against LGBT individuals, the debate around Alabama's amendment hit on a number of issues, including historic preservation, and whether religious groups would be able to use the ...more »

Are culture war 'victories' worth the casualties?
WZVN-TVMarch 30, 2015

(CNN) -- In the midst of all the shouting over Indiana's new religious-freedom law, which many fear will lead to increased discrimination against LGBT people, culture warriors marked the grim anniversary of another conservative "victory," one that left ...more »

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